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I Just Don't Like the Sound of No! My Story About Accepting No for an Answer and Disagreeing the Right Way! (Best Me I Can Be) Paperback – August 15, 2011
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Julia Cook does it again! She uses her creative ideas to teach kids the skills they need to grow socially. This book teaches all people how to accept "No" for an answer in non-threatening way. I'm excited to add this to my counseling library. Finally, the Boys Town Social Skill model is being brought to life and all of us will benefit from it. --Diana Waggoner, Executive Director, The Kim Foundation
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'NO' is RJ's least favorite word . . . and he tries his best to convince his dad, his mom, and his teacher to turn "No" into "Maybe" or "We'll see" or "Later" or "I'll think about it." Even though he doesn't have much success, RJ keeps arguing until his teacher suggests that he try to join her classroom's Say YES to NO Club. If RJ can learn how to accept "No" for an answer and to disagree appropriately with his teacher and parents, he can add his name to the club's Star Board. RJ finds that lots of praise and some rewards come his way when he uses these skills the right way!
Author Julia Cook helps K-6 readers laugh and learn along with RJ as he understands the benefits of demonstrating these social skills both at home and in school. Tips for parents and educators on how to teach and encourage kids to use the skills of accepting "No" for an answer and disagreeing appropriately are included in the book.
I Just Don't Like the Sound of NO! is another title in the BEST ME I Can Be! series of books from the Boys Town Press to teach children social skills that can make home life happier and school more successful.
Winner of the 2011 MOM's Choice Awards Honoring Excelence.
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He gets a star on the board at school for accepting "No" both at home and at school. Additionally, his name is entered in a drawing for a prize, which he won. The prize he won happened to be the same thing he was told no to at the beginning of the story. This is not the lesson I want to teach my child.
I want my child to understand that there are important reasons people say no and to learn to handle the frustration and disappointment. I thought the book "Accepting No" by Joy Berry accomplished that goal much more effectively.
My daughter is only 3 but she is very headstrong and defiant. She tries to reason and backtalk and whine to get her way, and if that doesn't work she has a tantrum. Legendary tantrums. She just doesn't like the sound of no! I didn't believe for one second that this book would help us, and after reading it by myself before testing it out on her, I really thought it would be a failure because she is under the intended age group for this book.
But I did read it. And I tried to use my voice to make Saying Yes to No sound fun and worthwhile. The book uses belonging to a special club the incentive. I didn't think that would work so well for us... So when reading, I went off the story a bit to tell my daughter that it was good manners not to argue with parents and would also please me and her dad very much. She is highly motivated by the idea of gaining our approval and this worked! The rhyme in the book which tells what to do was SO helpful!
This afternoon she wanted a lollipop and my husband told her, 'No' and just as she was beginning to pitch a fit I said, "Remember RJ?" And that was all it took! She straightened up and said, "Okay." I told her, "Later, when you are calm, you can ask Daddy why you couldn't have a lollipop." And she just looked at me and goes, "Yeah. I will." I know she's already gotten it!
We're going to keep reading it and hopefully at some point she will remember on her own. She is too little to expect her to be perfectly behaved all the time but her tantrums were getting out of control. Knowing I have something I can use to help remind her is a priceless tool!
I occasionally sub in the 2 to 4 year old range at my children's' preschool. I've been known to bring in this book to read it to the class. It does seem to spur them along in the discussion of learning to accept the word "no" and even catch the children reminding their classmates to accept the word no. Thankful for resources like this that can help our children learn important social/life skills that are missing in this technology driven - instant gratification society we live in.